“this is where the cowboy rides away…”

Sunday, January 26, 2014

We have a fun new theme this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This week, May Flaum, our esteemed team leader, had a song stuck in her head. "this is where the cowboy rides away...."  When she told us the theme I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to make something for my cowboys.
I don't really have cowboys. But I do have two wonderful sons who are hard-working, brave and adventurous.  I don't discuss my family very often on my blog, but perhaps I should.  I have an awesome family and I'm very proud of them!  When my oldest son graduated from college in Michigan, he accepted a job offer in Texas.  He bravely packed his belongings and headed to the lone star state.  He didn't know a soul there, but he's created a wonderful life for himself now.  His birthday is coming up so I made him a fun gift sack.  The smaller bag will be used for my younger son, who is the sweetest guy and always makes time for his Mom.  (ie. he brings me Gigi's cupcakes...for no reason!)

I had a lot of fun making these bags.  I used my gift bag punch board to create  a bag out of a 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper.  I'snt that awesome?  That punch board is making me look at my paper stash in a whole new way! I used my gelli plate to create painted prints.  I die cut stars from the prints and made fun stamped stars to embellish the bags. And of course I had to add a couple glittered embellishments as well. :)
Do you have a song stuck in your head?  Or maybe you'd like to create a fun western-themed project.  We'd love to see it! Be sure to link your project to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog for a chance to win one of our weekly $50 gift vouchers to the Simon Says Stamp store. Your project could also be chosen to be featured and you could get a cool new badge for your blog.

Happy Stamping!


24 comments:

  1. Hi Michelle! Your bags are perfect for the challenge! I'm certain your sons loved them too. Very creative! Thanks for all your visits to my blog! Hugs, Yvonne

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  2. Wow wow wow!! These are just gorgeous! I loveeeeeeeeee the colors and those stars!!!!!!

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  3. Michelle this is such a wow set! Love your gift bags and your sons and family sound wonderful. i think your older son will enjoy receiving his gift in a texas inspired theme! Wonderful gift bags!

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  4. Stunning gift bags Michelle!! Love the different patterns you used and those cool stars.

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  5. These are such fantastic bags! Michelle. I love those layers of beautiful embellishments and great colors. Brilliant gift bag ideas :)

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  6. Love these stunning gift bags Michelle and those awesome stars which really compliment them so well...fabulous idea! Really looking forward to working alongside you on the team! :)

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  7. WOW!! I know I say that every time I comment, but seriously, WOW, you are amazing! You are one lucky lady to have your sweet cowboys, but I'm sure they sure are two lucky cowboys to have you as a Mom!

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  8. super cute, I'm a cowgirl at heart:):)

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  9. Your sons sound like a duo of charming cowboys. I imagine you miss your boy in Texas immensely, and the younger, bringing you cupcakes - how sweet is that! You're fortunate to have two guys to love, and I know they love you exponentially, in return. Your gift bags are AHHH-MAZING! The expression on their faces when they receive them will be priceless! What a wonderful post to warm my heart this cold Alberta day!
    c

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  10. So much fun! Love these giftbags! And the boots in the back gives it even more of a western feel! I'm sure your boys are gonna love these! Hugs, Sandra

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  11. Sweet projects, Michelle!! I love the variety of textures and the stars!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  12. My mind was blown at "bag from paper" - this is super, love the color and texture!

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  13. I'm glad you shared about your family! It's always so nice to get to know our blogging freinds better :-) And the bag you made for your son is beyond WOW!!!!

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  14. What fantastic projects! Love the fun 3D stars and shimmery embellishments!

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  15. ok, first, congrats on raising great kids. 2. I love the staging 3. the cards are FANTASTIC! they have such dimension. 4. I think you are super sweet and thanks!

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  16. Such cool projects - gift bags worthy of two fine young men! - the stars are stunning!
    Alison xx

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  17. Fantastic idea and beautifully design!

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  18. These are absolutely fabulous and once again, you've inspired me to try a product that I have but haven't utilized yet (the gift bag punch board). It's like you are my crafting guru who bravely walks the trails before I do until I finally dare to give some of things a whirl! And I really enjoyed reading about your two boys. Your love for family always shines through and I felt proud of those two even though I don't know them. Once again, the photo set-up was perfect and I hope you actually wear those cowboy boots! Love them!

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  19. Wow Michelle you always always deliver and amaze us!
    These are incredible!
    Thank you~

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  20. Michelle your stars are fabulous, I love them! Your idea is totally original as usual! Barbarayaya

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  21. Wonderful projects, Michelle! Thanks for sharing a little about your boys, I enjoyed hearing about them! I think you've done your job as a mother if you have a son who brings you cupcakes for no reason ... his wife is going to LOVE you!!!

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  22. I just LOVE these cowboy gift bags! LOVE the stars you made with Gelli prints and all of your other FAB details! You should talk about your sons more often ~ they sound wonderful!

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  23. OMG, fabulous! I love all the textures, the cork badge, the stars, the burlap and the horseshoe is PERFECT! So freaking perfect. You amaze me!

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